On today's episode you will hear from Sandy Robertson from SEQ, that's for South East Qld where she is located, Brumby Association. Sandy has always had a place in her heart to rescue horses and find them a loving home. She hasn't ever seen a problem horse, just misunderstood horses who need some time and kindness.
Sandy has worked for many years in land conservation so knows a lot about how to take care of the land and is someone who has spent her life giving to others.
When she was asked to take over the SEQ Brumby Association she jumped at the chance to do her part and for the last few years has been bringing in, retraining and rehoming Australian brumbies for life in a domestic home.
There is a lot in the news at the moment about the Kosciusko Brumbies. The Brumby bill has just been passed and will serve to protect the Brumbies and acknowledges the part they play in the history of Australia. Their numbers will be managed, and the aim is to strike a balance between conservation of the brumbies and the land where they are grazing. If their populations become too big they will be trapped in the most humane way possible and given to associations like SEQ Brumby and retrained for domestic life.
After hearing Sandy's story about the incredible nature of our iconic Australian Brumbies, my hope, is that we can all open our eyes and our hearts to these incredible horses and have a think when it's time for us to purchase our next horse. I certainly have an eye on one as my next horse, with 4 horses currently I will have to wait a bit before taking the plunge. When the time comes, however, it will be an easy choice to make.
Sandy is an incredible human and her passion, and tireless work with these gentle guys, all voluntary and from her own pocket, shine through, the brumbies are as lucky to have Sandy as she is to be a part of their story.
You can connect with Sandy via her website or Facebook page. You can see pictures of Sandy and all of the horses she spake about in the interview and much more at the blog on my website.